"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Montanus, Arnoldus
Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
Period: 1671 (circa)
Publication: Nieuwe En Onbekende Weereld
Color: Hand Color
14 x 11.2 inches
35.6 x 28.4 cm
This decorative map covers the region from the Isla Margarita in the northwest to the coast of northern Brazil near Sao Luis east of the Amazon delta. The map is based on the work of Hessel Gerritsz who traveled in the region in 1628. The map locates at its center a large mythical inland sea, Parime Lacus, on whose northwestern shore lies the fabled city Manoa, o el Dorado, or the golden city of the Incas. The search for this city led many explorers, including Sir Walter Raleigh, on wild adventures through the jungles. The map is richly embellished with a very large title cartouche and distance scale, both flanked by native Brazilians, a river god representing the Amazon, and Mercury.
A small tear in the top margin just touches the border and is closed with archival tape.